International families

Photo of international students who are first-year undergraduates sponsored on UW–Madison F-1 and J-1 visas listening to a presentation about legal information related to staying in the U.S. during SOAR.

Sending your student to a new country is an exciting process that comes with its own set of questions and resources. The UW–Madison international student population is among the largest of any university in the country and our campus recognizes the important contributions international students make to our community. We hope to better support your student by providing you with the information below.

中文 (Chinese)

Cov lus nug tas li (Frequently asked questions in Hmong)

¡Haga una pregunta en español! (Ask a question in Spanish)

Preguntas frecuentes (Frequently asked questions in Spanish)

International Parent FAQ

Features information in English about specific resources and organizations for international students, visiting Madison, the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), obtaining a Social Security number, scholarships, what your student can expect in the classroom and much more.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) offers a wide variety of services and programs for international students, including advising, documentation, information, programming and education. Any questions or concerns your student may have during his or her college career can be directed to their office.

International Student Services’ Guide for International Students

An interactive guide featuring information about visa and immigration issues, academics, employment, student life, the Madison campus and community and testimonials from current international students.